Via is excited to launch a new program called Social Saturdays & Sundays ("SSS").
We are planning to start offering this program in July and will be hiring and training staff very soon!
Field Trips! SSS consists of 2-4 social weekend outings per month. Via has long offered community engagement programs such as this, as an element of the Via West Camp curriculum, and this will serve as a "re-launch" of Via West Programs after over a year of closure.
Outings will consist of a "meetup" at a specified location (a park with open space & trails, a museum, zoo, or amusement park) which will vary depending on the group's ages, interests, & cognitive abilities. Each outing will be for approximately 4-6 hours long.
Recreation Leaders will provide loving leadership, guidance and instruction to children, teens, and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Recreation Leaders support IEP/IPP (Individualized Education/Program Plan) goals and provide opportunities for participants to develop their abilities to perform ADLs (activities of daily living) and other skills that lead to increased self-esteem, confidence and independence.
Some essential duties and responsibilities:
- Prepare to deliver services by consulting with Supervisor, gathering materials, reviewing participant files and arriving on time.
- Review and adhere to participant-specific instructions as outlined by family, case manager and/or other caregiver(s).
- Engage participants in activities with positive and cheerful attitude.
- Manage challenging behaviors to ensure the safety and enjoyment for participants and staff.
- Be aware of, assist with and/or alert your supervisor of potential emergency situations in the home and/or community
- While in the community, assist participants with self-help skills (feeding, toileting, dressing etc.) and overall safety support
- Complete documentation accurately and on time.
- Initiate first aid and/or community cardio-pulmonary resuscitation as needed.
- Serve participants by providing the highest level of care, respect, compassion, and customer service.
- Ability to arrive on time, ready to fully engage with your participants.
- Ability to understand participant goals, needs and strengths and support developmentally appropriate activities.
- Demonstrate a commitment to serving all individuals, including those with more challenging attitudes or needs.
- Ability to adapt a personal communication style to accommodate participants, families and coworkers.
- Ability to represent Via in a responsible and professional manner.
- Ability to proficiently read, write, and communicate effectively in the English language
Requirements for all Via Staff
- A strong commitment to Via's Vision, Mission and Values
- Timely completion of mandatory training and onboarding activities as required for the job function
- Participate in organization functions and attend staff meetings and trainings as scheduled
- Maintain professional relationships and provide excellent customer service with parents, staff, visitors and the community
- Demonstrate accountability by being solution-focused, taking responsibility, communicating effectively and being on time
- Adhere to organizational internal/external communication standards
- Adhere to organizational values and policies
- Ensure a safe work environment for participants according to general safety standards
- Comply with organization and program policies, regional center policies, governing authorities' standards, CAL-OSHA, quality assurance standards, etc.
- Must comply with applicable federal, state, and local regulations and law
- All Via Services employees are Mandated Reporters and are required to report suspected incidents of abuse to appropriate Protective Service Agency (APS or CPS) and follow Via Services' reporting guidelines.
Education and Work Experience:
There is no minimum level of formal education required. Applicants who are pursuing a career in any of the following areas will be prioritized: Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Recreation or Recreation Therapy, Adapted P.E., Social Services, Human Services, Nursing, Law Enforcement, Special Education, Marriage and Family Therapy.
- Experience reporting to a supervisor, working collaboratively with others and/or writing meaningful reports is preferred.
- Experience working with children, seniors, or persons with special needs in a caretaking capacity preferred.
- Must have a reliable means of transportation.
Required pre-employment documentation (forms and instructions will be provided):
- recent negative TB test results
- documentation of covid-19 vaccination (or approved ADA/EEOC mandated accommodation)
- verification of good physical health by physician
- DOJ/FBI fingerprint clearance/background check
- CPR Certification/First Aid Training within thirty (30) days of hire date and prior to expiration thereafter
- At least 18 years of age
- Proof of eligibility to work in the United States.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Via is an equal opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions without regard to race (including traits that are historically associated with race, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles, including braids, locks and twists), religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status or any other status protected under applicable federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, benefits, compensation and training. We seek to comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws related to discrimination and will not tolerate the interference with the ability of any of Via's employees to perform their job duties.
This job announcement is not a job description and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Via participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.